Posted on September 19, 2016

Photo taken on September 18, 2016

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Carlevaro Beach Salt Print

Carlevaro Beach Salt Print
This is a salted paper print made from a calotype.
Printed 17 September 2016.

I wish I could get the color right so that you could see it. I fussed around for quite a while but just could not get it to look like the print. The print has a slightly peachy-pink cast and a nice soft light look...nothing harsh at all. I'm afraid it this image does not even hint at the tones in the print.

Lana Aquarelle paper, 2% Hawaiian alaea salt, 0.5% citric acid, 0.5% sodium citrate, 1% "superclear" pigskin gelatin. I have a batch of different papers salted with this combination, and every print before this one had some problem with fog.

For this print I added more citric acid to the sensitizer and it solved the fog problem, but it did also slow down the printing a bit. It was coated with 12% AgNO3, 10% CA.

2 hours with a paper diffuser, in the shade aimed East away from midafternoon sun. 5 minutes aimed East without diffuser. 90 second blast of straight sun to lock in the darks.

Toning: 0.34 g borax + 3.4 ml 0.2% gold chloride in about 80 ml of water for 20 minutes. Then added a scant 1 ml of 2% ammonium thiocyanate and agitated until the first hint of a shift in tone was apparent: 2 minutes. This shifted the tone away from red toward peach and somewhat more neutral. I think it made the highlights ever so slightly brighter too. I'm very pleased with it :) I'm going to attempt to tone a whole series this way -- but not with this salting solution, which was troublesome. I'll try to capture the color better next time.

Vilijus Zagrakalys, Holden Richards, Falling Thru The Lens ... Goodbye..., Chronocrator have particularly liked this photo

 Falling Thru The Lens ... Goodbye...
Falling Thru The Len…
Amazing stuff you're doing, though ... and a beautifully composed photograph, with a feeling of being far away from everything.
2 years ago.
 Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Excellent work!
2 years ago.

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